Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Clayton’s newest shop at Maryland Avenue is full of reasonably priced gift items and handmade chocolates.
Naysayers told Kristen Held that the struggling economy was hard on small businesses, but that didn't stop her from opening Sweet Boutique gift shop in Clayton this October. She saw the lack of gift shops in Clayton as an opportunity and decided to fill the need. “I felt like the timing was right. Other areas are just full to the brim with gift shops,” she said. (See related on Patch: Sweet Boutique: Sweet Gifts for the Holidays) Clayton also happens to be close to her new home in University City, which is a good thing as Held keeps the shop open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. She told Patch that she always wanted to open a gift shop of her own and enjoys helping people find the right present. “I always liked giving gifts. I can …
Sweet Boutique is Clayton’s newest shop on Maryland Ave, located between the Posh Nosh and Byrd Boutique. The store offers gifts for all seasons and handmade chocolate confections.
Sweet Boutique is currently filled with ornaments, Santa knick-knacks, festive serving bowls and, of course, chocolates. The candy counter is stocked with molded chocolates, chocolate covered Oreos, handmade truffles and pretzels swirled in chocolate and sprinkles. Confections are handmade by the owner, Kristen Held, and can be combined with items from the shop to form simple to elaborate gift baskets or party favors. If you don’t see what you want, Held is happy to make custom orders with a quick turnaround time. She’s made chocolate baby shoes for showers and business cards tied to chocolate covered Oreos for a memorable networking handout. “If you can think it up, we can make it,” said Held of her chocolate creations. Prices at the …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thanks to a very special U.S. Postal Service program, Santa Claus will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.
Every year, millions of children sit down to make a wish list for Santa, hoping he will make all of their Christmas dreams come true. But what if Santa actually wrote back? The United States Postal Service is now accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows any person to play Santa by sending a letter signed by Saint Nick to any child. According to a postal service news release, "The 'Letters From Santa' program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children." Instructions to send a letter from Santa: In Clayton and Richmond Heights, letters to Santa can be dropped off at the Post Office locations on Big Bend Boulevard and in Saint Louis Galleria. TELL US: Do your children or children in your family plan on writing a …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday, when shopping for wine, visit a local wine shop where experts are on hand to help you select the perfect vintage.
Patch asked local wine experts what they would recommend for holiday gift giving and was suprised to get the same answer. “What do they like to drink?” In the world of wine, there’s no one perfect bottle. The best gift wine is given with ample thought towards the recipient. Do they like sweet dessert wines or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon? Would they like a bottle from a far away land, or one from their favorite local Missouri winery? When pushed, wine experts will reluctantly give a few recommendations. But they’d much rather talk with you in person where they can show you around the shop and point out popular or underappreciated wines. Straub’s (Clayton, Webster Groves) “The hottest category in wines are pinot gris from Oregon,” said Chris …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Buy your annual holiday cards from a local charity this year.
Every holiday season, families across the country send cards to their loved ones, filling them in on the last year and wishing them a happy new one. For families planning to buy holiday cards this year, nonprofit organizations around the area are offering unique cards that benefit their missions. That way, each card sends holiday cheer while supporting a worthy cause. Here is our round-up of holiday cards for charity. Operation Food Search Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Our Little Haven Saint Louis Zoo Is your non-profit organization selling cards this holiday season? Add your photo and information to the story by clicking the Upload Pictures and Video button.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Walk through the annual holiday light extravaganza before it opens to cars.
The 27th annual St. Louis County Parks Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park opens to the public Wednesday, Nov. 21, but patrons can experience the fun a few days early at the Winter Wonderwalk. Patrons can stroll through the park to view the million-plus holiday lights on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18 Winter Wonderwalk is $5 per person and strollers, wagons and dogs on a 6-foot leash are welcome. The walkthroughs will be held at the following times both nights: Advanced registration is required. Call 314-615-8822, 314-615-7373 or 314-615-5572. Food trucks will be available for food and drink purchases.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, it's still a little early to think about Christmas shopping. I understand. But it's coming up soon. And we all know that one person who is extremely hard to buy for. What do you do?
I will make no apology for this edition of our weekly "Conversation Starter." I'm selfishly motivated by the need for your help. And I don't care that Halloween is still three days away. Or that Christmas is still nearly two months off. We need all the time we can get. See, here's the problem: My father is in his early 70s; my father-in-law is in his early 80s. If anything, they're trying to get rid of things. What do you buy for the hard-to-buy-for? What do you do to make the Christmas merry for the folks who seem to have everything, don't need anything or who won't let themselves get pinned down? Here's another stumper for you: My son is 17. He's a drama kid, a singer, a World of Warcraft fanatic. He is every bit as hard to buy for as my…
Monday, December 26, 2011
Santa Claus will make his final appearance this week at the Saint Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights.
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Monday, December 26, 2011
Children will have the opportunity to thank Santa Claus for the gifts he brought this Christmas as part of an event happening Tuesday at the Saint Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights. The thanksgiving session runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the mall's website states. It will be held in Garden Court. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras and cards expressing thanks. Numerous youngsters turned out last year to thank Santa.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Stations are putting some of our favorite Christmas and holiday movies on the tube the rest of the week. Here's a listing of some of them.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
There are five great movies playing this week — catch them if you can. This classic 1946 film never gets old. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, whose life is touched by a guardian angel. This film was nominated for five Oscars. — 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Don't miss this hilarious and touching movie of an Indiana boy that will have you saying, "You'll shoot your eye out," all day long. — Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs for 24 hours nonstop on TBS. Clark Griswold has big plans for Christmas, which naturally turns into a total disaster. This movie is destined to make you laugh and be thankful that you aren't related to cousin Eddie. — 9 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC Family. When Maria feels she cannot cut it at …
Your kids get an unexpected start to the Christmas gift-giving season.
You and your spouse have painstakingly prepared the Christmas tree for the season long after your twin six-year-olds have gone to bed. You carefully wrap each present and place it under the tree. The electric train has been put out to light up the setting. Everything is perfect and in its place. Here's this week's question: Two days before Christmas, the twins alight from bed early in the morning and begin to unwrap and play with their new found gifts. What action do you take, if any, at the most joyous time of the year?